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    September 5th – 15th, 2018

    Gardens and Castles of the Czech Republic

    Prague, Bohemia, and Moravia

    You will visit six UNESCO World Heritage Sites as part of this magnificent itinerary! Expect to be dazzled by superb gardens, castles, art collections, and music. In addition to major attractions you will enjoy the private visits for which the AHS Travel Study program is known.

    Hosting this extraordinary program are Shirley and Frank Nicolai, both avid gardeners. In addition to previously serving on the AHS Board of Directors, Shirley’s extensive resume includes recognition as a five-star National Garden Club member with master status in Landscape Design, Gardening Study, Environmental Studies and Flower Show School. She is a past president of National Garden Clubs.

    Our tour organizer is Specialtours' Harriet Landseer, who has led tours for Specialtours since 1996, including the AHS Travel Study program. A Prague resident fluent in Czech, she studied History of Art at Yale University and is also a translator for books on Czech castles and country houses.



    • Cesky Krumlov castle, a vast complex dating from 1253, is one of the top sites in Eastern Europe.
    • Kromeriz Castle has a very rare and largely intact example of a Baroque garden.
    • Tugendhat Villa is an icon of modernism and Functionalist architecture.
    • St. Nicholas Church, the most famous Baroque church in Prague is a superb example of High Baroque. The organ there was once played by Mozart.  
    • Prague National Theatre, where you will attend an opera. 

    Top-rated accomodations

    • The boutique five-star Aria Hotel Prague is just steps away from the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. Inspired by music, the hotel’s rooms are dedicated to a specific style of music or artist/composer.
    • The Hotel Ruze is a converted monastery and the only four-star hotel in Cesky Krumlov; it offers views of the castle and the Vltava river.
    • The 5-star Comsa Palace Hotel in Brno city center was built in the middle of the 19th century and is the most prestigious address in town.

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    For more information and to make reservations, please contact Susan Klejst, Director of Development & Engagement, at development@ahsgardening.org (703) 768-5700 ext. 127, or Laura Popovich, Development Coordinator, at development@ahsgardening.org (703) 768-5700 ext. 132. Our fax number is (703) 768-8700.